by hook: Burnaway Reader Release Party

By March 13, 2024

Join the Burnaway team on March 19 from 6:30-9pm at Banshee for the release of our fifth annual print reader, by hook! We will have food, drinks, music, and copies of the reader, as well as past readers and Burnaway merch!


RSVP required. If you purchase the reader (via RSVP link, via pre-order, or at event), you will receive a drink ticket wristband. Pre-ordered books will be available for pick up at the event.

About by hook

What does it mean to be lured in and how do you discern when it’s best to wait or bite? In this fifth edition of Burnaway’s print publication titled by hook—drawn from the phrase “by hook or by crook”—we contemplate dubious choices, examine inherited histories, and grapple with shifty codependence between people and place in the region. Printed in hues of blue and addressing our 2023 editorial themes, Conspiracy, Camouflage, and Current, by hook continues the evolution of Burnaway’s print publication. A form of bait itself, the texts spotlight the American South’s double-edged landscape through fourteen writers’ personal and social deep-dives.

Included in this volume are stories on the existence of AI-generated paradigms in conversation within the work of Houston-born artist Gray Foy; Suzanne Césaire’s writing legacy in the Lesser Antilles; the speculative creative practice of Firelei Báez and the Ciguapa as an undaunted state of being on view in Arkansas; yard shows in Mississippi and the late Mary Tillman Smith; Mel Chin and the Audubon in the region; a tantalizing performance by Thew Smoak through the North Carolina woods; futurists and fortune-tellers in the form of New Orleans artist and writer Kristina Kay Robinson and Demian DinéYazhi’; desperation in the music of a pop singer-songwriter from Florida; and an exclusive poster insert by Atlanta-based artist Kelly Taylor Mitchell.

Existing between the space occupied by periodicals, academic journals, and art objects, by hook covers thirteen states plus the Caribbean, and is carried by public and private universities, large-scale institutions, DIY spaces, private collectors, and a thoughtful, curious cultural audience.

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